3 drunk drivers stopped by patrol's Norwalk post

Christmas afternoon traffic stop results in DUI charge for one motorist; another driver faces 7th DUI charge.
Cary Ashby
Jan 2, 2014


Troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol stopped three suspected drunken drivers over several days.

Oberlin resident Jimmie D. Stephens, 45, was stopped by Trooper Kori Robinson at 11:17 p.m. Dec. 20 on Ohio 18 in Wakeman. Stephens was charged with driving under the influence, left of center, a DUI-related driving with a suspended license and a seatbelt violation.

He has six prior DUIs. Patrol records indicate those convictions were from 1991, 2001, 2004, two in 2006 and most recently in June.

Trooper Sarah Frey stopped Christopher A. Knox, 32, of 5138 Ohio 18, Wakeman, at 6 a.m. Dec. 21 on Ohio 60 in Clarksfield Township. Knox was charged with DUI and failure to control.

Knox was southbound on Ohio 60. He told the trooper he swerved to miss a deer, went off the right side and hit a ditch. Knox wasn't injured.

The driver, who has a prior DUI conviction from 2002, had a breath test with a blood-alcohol content level of .117 percent, according to the patrol. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.

Most recently, Trooper Eddie Lopez stopped Paul E. Tackett, 45, of Bucyrus, at 4:56 p.m. Christmas on Ohio 99 in Peru Township. Tackett was charged with DUI, left of center and failure to reinstate his driver's license.

Tackett and Stephens refused to submit to any sobriety tests during their respective traffic stops, troopers said.



When I read the headlines, I actually thought that three drunk people "stopped" by the office. If it would have said that the Norwalk post stopped three drunk drivers, it would have made more sense.


6 prior DUI's?!?!?!